In this manuscript, Charlotte describes her meeting with friend and future biographer Elizabeth Gaskell alongside some of Gaskell's consequential discussion of Haworth and Charlotte's father the Revd. Patrick Brontë.
Charlotte remarks on 1 July 1851 that Gaskell is a 'woman of many fine qualities and deserves the epithet which I find is generally applied to her charming'.
On the other hand, Gaskell is determined to judge Patrick harshly:
He was very polite & agreeable to me; paying rather elaborate old-fashioned compliments, but I was sadly afraid of him in my inmost soul; for I caught a glare of his stern eyes over his spectacles at Miss Brontë once or twice which made me know my man.
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